Cerge is my long term completionist project. What it means is that my goal is to one day have one past life of each class on him… may it take how ever long. My idea was to do past lives in ED sphere order, as well as always take the build to cap, which I have done. On the way I also decided to do a few epic past lives while I’m at it. I started in the arcane sphere with sorcerer, wizard and bard… then moved on to divine sphere and did favored soul and cleric… which takes us to the last divine life, paladin.
Now, Darth hates paladins, and except for a short while right after the paladin changes an update or so ago, paladins have not been top dps. My experience with the average paladin has been that they have lots of hp, ok dps, but crappy threat generation.. and for that reason quite bad tanks in the raids I do. The majority of paladins I have asked to tank, have been unable to pull and keep aggro, after the casters and archers start attacking.
With no experience at all in playing or building a paladin, I asked for advice on the forums (see Paladin build ideas?) and from Short. Well, I asked Darth too, but he wasn’t interested in helping me plan a pally. So, I decided to go with Short’s idea: pdk (I wanted iconic), 18 paladin/ 1 fighter/ 1 cleric. Fighter gives an extra feat and is the default class for pdk, cleric gives cheaper divine might and scroll mastery, 18 paladin for the Vanguard core enhancements. Short had crunched some numbers and told me that the dwarven axe would be the best weapon to use for a sword and board build, and that the best shield is the Madstone Aegis, which I have in the bank.
I wanted a build that is dps, survivable and is able to tank in EE Deathwyrm without needing a healbot. He needs to be able to take a beating and pull and keep aggro of the boss while others are hitting her.
This is only my first attempt at the enhancements, and apparently the vanguard tree is a bit buggy in the planner, so I wasn’t quite able to add all the points as I would have liked, but this is the first idea. Also it doesn’t have support for +6 tomes, so they are not calculated into the mix.
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Level 28 Lawful Good Purple Dragon Knight Male
(1 Fighter \ 18 Paladin \ 1 Cleric \ 8 Epic)
Hit Points: 473
Spell Points: 580
Abilities Base Stats Modified Stats
(36 Point) (Level 1) (Level 28)
Strength 16 31
Dexterity 8 13
Constitution 16 21
Intelligence 14 19
Wisdom 8 13
Charisma 16 21